January 15, 2007

Investigators probe cause of refinery fire

SARNIA, ONT-An investigation is under way to determine the cause of a fire at Imperial Oil's Sarnia refinery in mid-December. The fire started at the refinery's 18,000 barrel-a-day hydrocracker unit, which produces components for gasoline, diesel fuel and lubricant base stock. The unit was shut down and depressured while fire crews from the company and the city of Sarnia brought the fire under control. Appropriate regulatory authorities were notified, including the Ministries of Environment and of Labour. There were no injuries air quality monitoring, initiated immediately after the fire started, indicated no air quality concerns. Although routine water quality monitoring detected no problems, the Eastern Canada Response Corporation deployed a boom in the St Clair River as a precautionary measure.

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